James S. Blattenberger

James S. Blattenberger, 78, rural Martinsburg, passed away early Thursday morning at his home after a lengthy illness.

He was born in rural Martinsburg, son of the late Benjamin F. and Florence M. (Keith) Blattenberger. He was twice married, first to Mary Ann Koontz on Sept. 22, 1962, in Hanover, and she passed away Dec. 16, 1976. He then married Sally A. (Crilley) Brunner on June 20, 2004, at the groom’s residence.

Surviving are his wife; a daughter, Marsha K. Lowe and husband, Don, of James Creek; three stepsons: Scott Brunner of Hollidaysburg, Ken Brunner and wife, Kris, of New Enterprise and Dan Brunner of East Freedom; a stepdaughter, Pam O’Baker and husband, Charles “Stoney,” of Mount Savage, Md.; 11 grandchildren; and a brother, Kenneth R. and wife, Janet, of Martinsburg.

He was preceded in death by a son, Eric A., in 1990.

Jim was a 1953 graduate of Morrison Cove High School, Martinsburg. He was a retired lifelong dairy and pig farmer in North Woodbury Township, having raised pigs for roasting at many various social functions. He also was formerly employed as a carpenter for Greenleaf Builders, Martinsburg, for more than 10 years. He was affiliated with Curryville Church of the Brethren.

Jim was a member of D. Merle Tipton VFW Post 43, Martinsburg, and a former member of the Pennsylvania Farm Association. He was a charter member of the Pinedorosa Camp, Lycoming County, and enjoyed hunting, especially elk in Colorado, fishing, especially in Canada, gardening and bowling. He was an avid sports enthusiast, especially enjoying Pittsburgh Steelers football and all Perm State athletics. He also formerly participated in many tractor pull contests in the area, having placed first in state competition in 1977.

Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, at Curryville Church of the Brethren, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery, Martinsburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers that memorial contributions be given to Martinsburg Volunteer Fire Company, Station 80.

Arrangements are by John C. Bolger Funeral Home Inc., Martinsburg.